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On Lockdown

What is a dancer without dance? For me, it’s been over 80 days since the official lockdown began where I’m located (Sarasota, Florida), and the enforced pause in my normal life has afforded space for plenty of thinking. I’ve found the cut and thrust of my old routine made it seem there was just one […]

World Ballet Day

At this current time, I think it’s important people have access to content that shows some of the realities of a dancer’s life. In a world where we are all calibrating to a life of social-distancing and self-isolating, many of us are consuming the arts online. I thought now was a useful time to look […]

Balanchine’s Nutcracker

It’s become a habit that I think about The Nutcrackereach Christmas for this blog, even on the years when I haven’t danced in it. Tchaikovksy and Lev Ivanov’s ballet is so integral to a dancer’s DNA it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas unless you’re performing in a version somewhere. Christmas has now been and gone, […]

Boys in Ballet

Back in January 2017 I wrote an article for Dancing Times about Project B, the initiative developed by the Royal Academy of Dance to bring focus on increasing the number of boys who are exposed to ballet. It aims to bring dance to more people in more places for their centenary celebrations in 2020. I […]

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s LAC in Melbourne

It’s strange where you find yourself watching ballets. I was in Melbourne during the summer and through good fortune finally got to see Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo after years of admiring its dancers from afar. Directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the company exuded glamour in my mind. Alluringly feline in its movements, the company stretches the […]

Giselle

Back in April, I worked on Peter Wright’s version of the Romantic ballet Giselle. It’s a piece that continues to capture our imaginations because it examines both the euphoria, and the destructive capacity of love. Having the opportunity to be coached by Wright in the studio was fascinating, and working with several casts of principals […]

The Four Temperaments at Miami City Ballet

I saw George Balanchine’s 1946 ballet The Four Temperaments for the first time in 2013. I remember it as a special time in my career because I was on tour with Sarasota Ballet performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the Ballet Across America festival. The sense of cool space, the physical exhalation […]

Unfamiliar location

January is that month where all the clichés come out. After all the exuberance – and excesses – of Christmas, it feels good to refocus, take stock of what’s been and aim to fill the endeavours of the coming year with happy pragmatism. Sometimes I get irritated at the pressure to work on oneself, to […]

The Sugar Plum pas de deux

Last year I cast a general gaze over The Nutcracker and how Tchaikovsky’s music reveals it as a work of art more deeply layered than any bauble-dripping fir tree. Though we see it year after year, aspects of the ballet continue to enchant, engage and resonate with us differently on each viewing. The climactic pas […]

Graham’s Appalachian Spring

Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring premiered at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, in 1944. The composer Aaron Copland initially titled the work “ballet for Martha” when he began writing the commission. Despite Copland’s appellation, working on the role of the husbandman in Graham’s piece was different to any other dance work I’d encountered in my […]

World Ballet Day 2018

This month I’d like to offer some thoughts on this year’s World Ballet Day. Last year’s online marathon of behind-the-scenes ballet viewing was, I felt, vital for our industry because it enabled dance-lovers to go behind the curtain and witness the kind of experiences that made me want to spend my life in dance. My […]

Stepping out

The city of New York doesn’t feel like any other part of the US I’ve visited. When you’re walking down Sixth Avenue, or jumping on to a subway at Times Square, you walk a bit quicker and hold a little more elasticity in your body; you could go anywhere and do anything. In the middle […]

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